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This Isa Nice Neighborhood
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Awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2011 Arab American Book Awards, named a
finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award by the Poetry Society of America,
and chosen by Geoffrey G. O'Brien for inclusion in the Poetry Society of America's
New American Poets series.

138 pages with art by Daniel Joseph Martinez and Jeannie Simms | 2010



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Can identity be pliant and penetrable? Can the speech act be
one of attention over intention, can play and fluidity open onto
an ethic? This Isa Nice Neighborhood, Farid Matuk’s first
full-length collection, says yes. Yes to the rejection of any
opposition between politics and aesthetics, between rhetoric
and poetics. Yes to vulnerability. Yes to a poetry willing to
enact the errors, uncertainties, and tangled complexities of
our political, sexual, and social lives. Testing both narrative
and lyric, Matuk finds desire at the root of each, a root from
which, these poems suggest, compassion and permission grow
intertwined.

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